8.16.2013

Another Day, Another Remake


About the only thing Hollywood is good at nowadays is being completely unoriginal.  It's actually starting to turn into one huge joke.  A ginormous punch line that everyone else seems to get but the studio executives.  They really need to stop with the remakes, rehashes, and retellings of classic and soon-to-be classic movies and grow an originality spine sooner rather than later.  Nothing against Spike Lee, but did Oldboy (2003) really need to be remade?  Especially given that the original is only ten years old?  And awesome?

And do I even need to mention that it's been whitewashed? 

Lawd.

If the burning desire to remake this movie just had to be quenched, why Josh Brolin?  There are plenty of talented Asian-American actors that could have easily stepped into the lead role.  I can just see Rick Yune kicking ass now.  Or Daniel Dae Kim.  Or Sung Kang.  Or Ken Watanabe.  See?  It's really not that hard.  And I'm being generous here, because not all of these talented actors are even Korean.

Maybe this movie will defy all other remakes and be the next best thing since sliced bread.  But being that the original source material is a Korean production, wouldn't the American version have been the perfect opportunity to cast an Asian as the lead in a mainstream Hollywood movie for a change?  One that doesn't have the word "ninja" or "warrior" in the title.  And especially one that has an experienced, well-known director at the helm. 

But Tinsel Town can't have that, can they?  Gotta keep the Great White Hype Hope alive and all that.

Here's the trailer for the original Korean cult hit film:



Now, I ask again:  Did this vision of near-perfection really need to be remade?

26 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm....(-____-)

    What do you folks think of Asian Junkie's take on it (and comments, if you decide to read them)?

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    1. Though I only read the article and the first several comments, I saw no lies. Especially the part about Spike always complaining about appropriation and then making this. I didn't even think of that. It's a great point.

      ~ cinnamon

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  2. I've never been a pen avid fan of Spike Lees movies. It would make be dizzy watching them. I have a strange feeling that I I'll be put in a deep coma if I had to watch his version of Oldboy.

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  3. Meant to say," I've never been..."

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  4. I watched Oldboy for a film history class (seriously, I think my professor was the only one who wasn't trying to shove just straight, white male directors at us) and it was brilliant. I won't spoil it but the ending is powerful.
    This trailer seems like it's missing something. Also, wasn't Will Smith attached to this in the main character role? I think I rather see any POC at this point.

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  5. I have seen the original, so I'm not interested in the remake. I'm more curious to see what Martin Scorsese does with The Grandmaster based on IP Man and I seen those movies too.

    It's kinda hard to watch remakes when you like the original.

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    1. @Meanie

      Okay you had me going for a minute. I know that The Grandmaster is coming out because I saw the trailer, but I thought you meant Martin Scorsese is making a THIRD film with the same name/theme. He is only lending his name to the movie and has no connection otherwise to who was in it or how it was made. Here is the trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO1yfTfozhk Here is the article talking about him presenting it. It has already made $50 million in China.

      http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/martin-scorsese-to-present-wong-kar-wais-the-grandmaster/

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    2. Thanks Lor. I really want to see this.

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  6. So I've been waiting to formulate a comment worth something, but I keep coming back to, "What the fuck was Spike Lee thinking?"

    What purpose does this serve? I can already tell the original is better. Ironically, it looks original, as in interesting and imaginative, while the 2013 version looks like damn near every other action flick to come out of Hollywood.

    What was Spike Lee thinking? Or was the paycheck so big he wasn't thinking at all? Was he tapped for this project because TPTB knew folks would write off a white director from the get?

    Needless to say I won't be watching this shit. And I hope the critics really bend Lee over for this one.

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    1. Well Will Smith were SUPPOSED to redo this movie, but backed out according to Wiki and that is how it fell into Lee's lap.

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    2. Will Smith and Spielberg I meant to add!

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    3. The Akira remake is apparently definitely going to be made, whitewashing and all -______-.

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    4. Damn wrong reply spot...

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    5. "What the fuck was Spike Lee thinking?"

      Yeah, that sums up my feelings on this project. I find myself at a lost for words when faced with things that make no sense. Checking out, too tired of Hollywood and lazy films. Unfortunately, I probably will see it..when it comes on premium cable. I can watch my store bought original Oldboy movie to get over this travesty.

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  7. I think that he is using this movie as a gambit to fund his kickstart movie, like what Nolan did for Inception. (Just guessing here)

    But it would be better if the movie had some color to the cast. If he was a fan of the movie he would of just cast Korean or Japanese actors or just flip the characters gender. I do believe that if you are a fan of the movie you'll goto the souce. He missed an opportunity to help out Asian actors to get into movies both Abord and in America.

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    1. That movie is already funded as of last week. Spike Lee is a fan of Spike Lee. I doubt he had any say in who was cast since a bigger company is the reason the movie is being made in the first place hence no color.

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    2. But why was the 2013 version made in the first place? Who felt is was necessary and why?

      Battle Royale, Infernal Affairs, Oldboy...dear God, why? Why fuck with perfection?

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    3. Because people are getting desperate! Do a list of all the movies that came out this summer. How many are original? The majority are all part 2 or part 3. What movie ISN'T some sort of remake these days or the umpteenth edition in a series. People claim to want something new then whine when it comes out. Yet turn around and go see Friday the 13th part 85. I'm surprised they haven't tried to make a Titanic II! This time instead of an iceberg they can add vampires and werewolves! They are the reason the ship sinks to hide evidence that they eat all the people! Watch sooner or later you will see this. I mean Lincoln was a vampire hunter afterall! Maybe I should copyright it right now!

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    4. @ Lor: They are marketing to people born or raised in the 80's or 90's and whiny white guys. They should just scout out for new writing talent (POC and LGBT) or just let the new writers take over.

      @AKM: White people want to be in everything. (Can't watch Battle Royale)

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    5. Do a list of all the movies that came out this summer. How many are original? The majority are all part 2 or part 3. What movie ISN'T some sort of remake these days or the umpteenth edition in a series. People claim to want something new then whine when it comes out. Yet turn around and go see Friday the 13th part 85.

      This is such a damn good point. And I don't know if it's desperation so much as sheer laziness. We need to start calling this what it is - lazy. The hacks in Hollywhite are basically showing up to collect a check at work, and that's it.

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    6. @Ank

      Its lazy and money! If you own a bakery and know that red velvet cake brings in the money; then you are not going to kill yourself to make anything new. Even though people will say they want something new they still flock for the red velvet. Same principle. Money, Money, Money! Not only do we beat the dead horse we prop it up and try to ride it over and over!

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  8. YOU JUST DEPRESSED ME! I just remembered that they are supposed to make a white washed Akira too. If the new Akira has an all white cast with no asian americans does it still need to be called Akira? Why don't they just change the name? Hollywood keeps good creative ideas out (some mostly written by POC) and just make stupid remakes. Depressing

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    1. Remakes or trashing a culture (See Ronin 47)

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    2. Well white washed Akira is supposed to be shooting now...

      And these are the Ronin 47 trailer and a few posters:
      http://www.asianjunkie.com/2013/07/heres-the-trailer-and-posters-from-hollywoods-47-ronin-what-the-fuck/

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  9. They just added Tony Jaa to Fast & Furious 7. No word on what role he will be playing.

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